Respect for the individual represents an important component of the Volvo Group culture. Our position on human rights is reflected in our Code of Conduct and aligned with our commitment to the ten principles of the United Nations’ Global Compact initiative.
Human rights in our operations
In every country of operation, we respect national legislation. In situations where the law does not give guidance, the Group applies its own standard based on its core values and culture.
The Code of Conduct stipulates that: "Within our sphere of influence, the Volvo Group supports and respects the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights and ensures that it is not complicit in human rights abuses."
Support for the United Nation’s Declaration of Human Rights is also stated in our Code of Conduct and communicated to all employees. The human rights issue is included in the Code of Conduct training.
Human rights principles relevant to the Volvo Group’s operations include:
- Non-tolerance for forced labor
- Non-tolerance of compulsory or child labor
- Freedom of association
- The right to collective bargaining
- The right of all employees to a healthy and safe work environment.
Supplier assessments and due diligence
As part of our efforts to uphold human rights in the supply chain, we follow up on our suppliers’ performance in the CSR supply-chain programme. Respect for human rights is one aspect in Volvo Group's CSR country risk model.